Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,342,844
Catalog: KM-113
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.39 (9/27/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 S 10C MS obverse 1897 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint more than doubled its 1896 production of dimes this year. With only a few persons collecting this series by date and mint at the time, nearly all of these dimes became heavily worn. The survivors thus consist mostly of a few lower-end Mint State pieces and coins grading G-4 or less.

Gems are very rare. Typical of S-Mint coins from the 1890s, a few prooflike examples have survived and are highly prized.

A couple of misplaced date varieties are known. On a common issue these might be attractive to collectors, but the already high prices for any 1897-S dime greatly limit their appeal.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/4/2015

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1897 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 45.00 115 140 200 285 325 385 450 530 580 750 1100 1975 3650 7250 20500 - - -
$ - - 340 400 475 - - 850 1200 2375 4450 9750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 106
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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7/12/1999 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1185, 1185/Lot# 1316 $6,148.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2603 $1,840.00
6/16/2008 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 257, 263/Lot# 374 $161.00
3/18/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 42093 $15.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24440 $340.75
2/8/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131507/Lot# 25762 $164.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115151198255327412463515615678766820990113813932335308042316209104011075111109
127166217279355429480548636707784876103912231707258334634890760610517108700
00000048054863670778487610391223170725833463489076061051700
00000049758165773680293310881308202128313847554990031063400
1897 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11513120146355165367469571573579386591611101345184327543675556359221171020500
1201542884925856606817027227548178829811188151121473061430456837851146400
000000681702722754817882981118815112147306143045683785100
0000006887087287748418991045126716772450336849345802978100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 990
Owner: Distman
 
Grade: VG 10
Points: 198
Owner: The Wilson Collection
 
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